“On September 10th, 2011 three transgender individuals were running a booth at the Trails End Farmers Market in London, Ontario, Canada. These individuals were working for another non-LGBT business owner selling incense and candles. Business was running smoothly throughout the busy day. Later that evening the owner of the booth received a call from the manager at the farmers market telling her that she needed to remove the transgender individuals from her booth or she could take her booth elsewhere. Their justification was that this was a family-friendly business and they didn’t want that sort of ‘population’ in their establishment and that they made people uncomfortable (the manager did not provide proof of these claims when asked repeatedly). Sign this petition to tell the Trails End Farmers Market that we live in a diverse society and that it is discriminatory to forbid certain individuals from running booths in their establishment. Transgender individuals are not ‘unfamily-friendly’ and they were merely selling candles. Feel free to also give them a call or send them mail and tell them you disagree with their practices!
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I just wrote a whole ranty post about asexuals and using the word “queer” but then my internet decided to fuck with me and refreshed and I lost everything
summary of argument:
- denying aces access to the community [I guess I can’t call it “queer community” if we aren’t allowed to be queer] on the basis that we have different experiences is shitty because otherwise it would just be the LGB community with no trans* people or intersex people or polyamorous people [etc].
- usually sexual queers who make the “asexuals can’t be queer/aren’t oppressed” argument generally ignore the existence of any asexuals except hetero-romantic aces, who obviously benefit from straight privilege. [sarcasm]
- denying aces the ability to use the word “queer” is also kinda shitty. sexual queers can’t know aces’ experiences, whether the word “queer” has been used against them, and if only people who have been called “queer” maliciously can reclaim the word then that excludes the transgender community [at least in my experience, “queer” isn’t a trans-specific slur; correct me if I’m wrong] so it’s all around a complex/problematic argument.
@ “denying aces access to the community [I guess I can’t call it “queer community” if we aren’t allowed to be queer] on the basis that we have different experiences is shitty because otherwise it would just be the LGB community with no trans* people or intersex people or polyamorous people [etc].”
Actually, much of the LGBT community only acknowledges the LG part as it is. Bis are “indecisive sluts” trans* are “eww gross!” Pans “don’t exist because “there are only two genders” and of course, aces “can’t exist” because “everyone wants sex”. Therefore we (anyone who isn’t LG) must be either lying or mentally/physically ill.
… God, it’s ridiculous.
I’m just a regular guy. All these ideas that children shouldn’t watch me…it’s crazy. For all of those kids and teens out there with gender dysphoria i think it’s going to have a really positive impact. I know that when I was growing up if I had seen someone like me on a show like this it would have made all the difference in the world. People who don’t have gender dysphoria are not going to catch it from watching me dance on television.~
Chaz Bono’s response to Dr. Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and Fox News commentator, who recently wrote that watching Chaz compete on the ABC serie Dancing With The Stars as the first transgender, would be ‘toxic’ for children.
It shouldn’t be allowed for a medical professional to say things like that in the media without pointing out that it is his personal opinion and not based on anything he was ever taught in med school! And he just told all the kids out there who feels they were born in the wrong body that they are toxic!
Fire his ass!
There’s been a bit on tumblr about transgender individuals and public restrooms, specifically, outrage over schools, restaurants, and other institutions having transgenders go to the bathroom of their appropriate sex. But, you know what?, I have to agree with the building managers on this one. Let me elaborate.
Public restrooms are not divided by gender. They are divided by sex. If you are a post-op transsexual, who was born a woman but now have a penis, you should go to the male bathroom. But if you were born a woman, regardless of identity, and still have your vagina, you should go to the female bathroom. These aren’t distinctions made for identity, they are made because of your genitals. It’s a fucking toilet.
Of course, this would all be solved if we didn’t separate public restrooms by sex at all - which I am totally for - but with the current system in place, I cannot agree with the LGBT community on this.
A person should not have to feel like their life is in danger every time they go to use the can. If a trans person enters the restroom of the sex they’re not presenting as, (a trans woman presenting as female entering the men’s room, or a trans man presenting as male entering the women’s room) they are essentially being forced to tell complete strangers that they are trans*, and there’s a pretty good chance that they will be harassed and/or assaulted simply for that fact.
Transsexuals are required to live full time for about a year before they can be approved for SRS. That means going out in public, to work, etc, dressed appropriately for their gender, not their sex. So it’s not like we can just not go out dressed up to avoid the washroom issue entirely.
Just what do you propose we do in the mean time to avoid harassment?
“This is an LGBT friendly blog! Homophobes should have learned by now that they have no place on tumblr. What? You don’t like gay people? Lol, you must be new. Omg, you’re 14 and you’re coming out gay? Good for you! I’m so glad that your realized that it’s just who you are and that society can’t do anything about it at such a young age! I hope you’re happy. Wait, what? You’re 16? And bisexual. Ugh. That’s so fucking annoying. All you self-proclaimed bisexuals are just a bunch of attention seeking girls. All you do is hold hands with your best friend and then later sleep with the guys that you get horny. You fucking sluts. Don’t you think 16 is too young to decide your sexual orientation? And honestly, why can’t you just pick ONE? You’re all so fucking selfish! You probably don’t even actually like your own gender, you’re just saying that because you think it makes you look unique or something! Guess what, IT DOESN’T.”
(I’m serious, you people don’t give bisexuals a single ounce of the respect they deserve.)
Ugh, so very true. It’s OK to be LG
BTQPIA(etc), just as long as you’re either L or G. No one else matters/they only exist to make “us” look bad/they’re in denial.